On today's agenda was the 2015 Tour De Menlo. The ride is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation and the Almanac. All proceeds are used to support Rotary scholarships, numerous other Rotary Foundation projects, and the Almanac's Holiday Fund drive, which contributes more than $150,000 a year to 10 local nonprofits. InnVision Shelter Network, Second Harvest Food Bank, and St. Anthony's Dining Room are among the beneficiaries of the Holiday Fund.
I did the 65-mile route which is by far the most popular, taking us up to Belmont and the first rest stop on Polhemus Road. Then, after climbing up to the bike bridge, we headed south to Cañada Road in Woodside and then to the second rest stop at the Portola Road firehouse near Alpine Road. We circled around to Page Mill Road, climbing up to Altamont Road. We then rolled out Stevens Creek Road to the final rest stop at Madrone Park, before heading back to Menlo-Atherton via Foothill Expressway.
Some differences between this tour and Tour De Peninsula was that there was no starting arch and finishing arch. Shortly after 7AM, people just starting rolling out on their own. Since I started around then, I was basically alone most of the first 25 miles until the Alpine stop. Then I found lots of folks! The course was marked well with little stick-on arrows on the road although a couple of them had come off or been moved.
Overall, beautiful day for a great tour with my cool new Dude Girl kit!